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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 7th September, 2020)

The Earl of Balcarres Pub

The Earl of Balcarres Pub

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX200)
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Comment by: Garry on 7th September 2020 at 05:38

Do you know it always looks better the old photos of yesteryear than they do today, most people might not agree with me, but then was great. It had a great atmosphere not just there but everywhere. Thanks for the then and now photo Dennis.
I'll drink to that later, cheers.

Comment by: Mick on 7th September 2020 at 06:46

They should make that under, NEW MANAGEMENT sign permanent, because its up there more than the Balcarres sign.

Comment by: Walt ( North Yorkshire) on 7th September 2020 at 07:29

Once again Dennis, great pic. My mother was born Bolton Street just up on the right from here. Do you remember the DIY shop next door to the pub seen in the before pic, the couple were eastern European lovely people stocked everything from a pin to a 10ft plank. The lady always wore tall heels, plenty makeup and very tight trousers and that was back in the 1950s.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th September 2020 at 09:29

Lovely photos, especially of old Scholes! Brings back many memories, much better then than the empty one now.

Comment by: DTease on 7th September 2020 at 10:24

Did she have a "Beehive" hair style as well Walt?

Comment by: Veronica on 7th September 2020 at 11:00

The 'beehive' hairstyle only came in in 1960 Dtease , I should know as I plastered mine with lacquer!

Comment by: Gary on 7th September 2020 at 11:12

On the old photo, further up on the right, there was an off license - as older teenagers, me and my mate would go to the Ritz and walk back at night - he to Ivy Brow and me onward down Bolton Road.
We always bought a can of McEwan's Export each and the owner would do the press opener on each one and we drank them as we trundled along.
Good photo Dennis, but until I saw the old one I was struggling to identify which Balcarres it was - not a pub I frequented. Occasionally called in the Albert and the stone ale house in Springs.

Comment by: Walt ( North Yorkshire) on 7th September 2020 at 13:27

Dtease, she did and plenty makeup, lipstick that was as red as red could be, spoke with a lovely accent, could hardly understand a word but... she knew everything there was to know about DIY. Moved to Hindley when Scholes was redeveloped. Thanks for the memories !

Comment by: Axcroft on 7th September 2020 at 14:14

Great photo! Interesting to note that Molyneux Street, to the right of the pub, still has its stone cobbles in place.

Comment by: Mick on 7th September 2020 at 18:47

I have just had a phone call from Philip's brother. With a very heavy heart I have to inform you all that Philip passed away yesterday from a massive heart attack. Phillip was a very good friend of mine and I know he had a lot of friends on the web site and was a regular contributor to the photos in the Album ad Photo a day. Philip himself was a very accomplished artist. I hadn't seen him since the Lock Down and I was only thinking I should go up to meet him at his local the EAGLE and CHILD at Billinge for a catch up and a pint. which I did every couple of months.
Condolences to Philip's family and friends from everyone at wiganworld

Comment by: peebee on 7th September 2020 at 19:01

Did she have a shop in Hindley on the road going to Platt Bridge.?

Comment by: DTease on 7th September 2020 at 19:40

I only knew Philip from this site but he always struck me as a very intelligent and caring man. I will miss his poems and his contributions to P.A.D.
My condolences to Philip’s family and friends.
R.I.P. Philip.

Comment by: Maureen on 7th September 2020 at 20:10

Oh,how very sad..God bless you Phillip,I hope you rest in peace,you will be sorely missed.x

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 7th September 2020 at 20:32

Was that Philip G ?

I will miss his comments on PAD. He came over on WW as a lovely person. Such poet speech..God Bless Philip.

Comment by: irene roberts on 7th September 2020 at 21:30

Goodnight, God Bless to one of life's Gentlemen. Rest in Peace, Philip. xx

Comment by: Mick on 7th September 2020 at 22:06

I should say the phone call wasnt to me it was to the Admin of WW
RIP Phil

Comment by: Poet on 7th September 2020 at 23:07

Such awful news . I never knew Philip , but via his always brilliant posts on WW , I felt he was a true friend . A very very sad loss .

Comment by: Veronica on 7th September 2020 at 23:19

May Everlasting Peace be yours Philip, It was a pleasure to know you on Wigan World. xx

Comment by: Walt ( North Yorkshire) on 8th September 2020 at 06:01

peebee, yes that's the one on Liverpool Road, past that way a few months ago the shop closed quite a number of years ago, sad state now.

Comment by: peebee on 8th September 2020 at 13:15

Walt, the last time I went in there was in the late eighties, we were working at the funeral home in Hindley and I needed some coat hooks so we popped down there. To say she hadn't aged well would be an understatement but she still had those bright red lips, although she had been a bit haphazard when applying it .

Comment by: KenR on 8th September 2020 at 21:37

So sorry for Philip, he had good comments.
Scholes as it was in the caption is showing a crowded environment and it shows clues of the and now. In the "new" photo the small green patch had Howards hardware shop then, a millinery shop, News agents shop, Legion, across the road to the camera side I think had McCurdys , then further back was Sherrington's. I am interested in this photo because I got married from the Millinery shop, 174 Scholes in 1954 .

Comment by: 0 years on 19th September 2020 at 21:57

Great Picture, I was born on Molyneux street.

This brought back some foggy memories.

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